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Enjoy a great career in aviation


Aviation is an exciting industry with lots of interesting career options to choose from - the sky is the limit. From pilot, aeronautical engineer, air traffic controller, and flight attendant to customer service, ground operations staff and more. 

ServiceIQ is delighted to help students start to get a great aviation career off the ground in their final years at school. 

We offer two options that help students discover the aviation industry, different roles, and gain unit standards that can help open the door to a job that offers workplace training for a career.    

On leaving school, aspiring pilots can attend a flight training school. For other aviation roles, students can land jobs where they upskill on an apprenticeship or a workplace training programme, and build a career working in an airport, for a major international airline, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, or a smaller tourism or agricultural flight operator.


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What to Study at School

ServiceIQ’s National Certificate in Aviation (Introductory Skills) Level 2 gives students with a minimum of Level 1 in English and Maths, an overview of the industry and aviation careers. It includes a compulsory section that covers general knowledge and possible career paths, and an elective section focusing on many different roles.

The programme is designed so that students can gain unit standards at Level 2 or above to help them pursue a particular career in the industry. It also prepares them for entry into further New Zealand Certificate and Diploma level qualifications.

ServiceIQ Gateway Aviation programme: The Gateway Aviation programme gives students with a minimum of Level 1 in English and Maths, an introduction to the aviation industry, its background and aviation careers. It also offers the chance to gain Level 2 unit standards, real on-job experience in an aviation workplace, including learning to fly. Find out more >

What to do after school

Students who successfully complete either of our school aviation programmes can apply for a range of airline and airport industry roles where they can develop a career by training on the job.

As a basic guide, airlines, such as Air New Zealand, employ and offer training programmes or apprenticeships to upskill talented people for a wide range of important roles including: flight attendants, aeronautical engineers, ground staff, aircraft cleaners, check-in staff and ramp operators.

Airports employ and upskill air traffic controllers, and operations staff. 

The Royal New Zealand Airforce also offers those who want to become aircraft engineers, ramp operators and other roles, the opportunity to upskill on job using ServiceIQ apprenticeships and training programmes.

To pursue a career as a pilot, students can apply to train at one of several flight training schools around New Zealand.

ServiceIQ sets the standards and creates the apprenticeship and qualification training programmes used by industry to develop experts in almost every area of New Zealand’s great aviation industry.


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You and your students can find out more about careers in aviation at:

careers.govt.nz >

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Careers Maps

Students can find out more about careers pathways with our ServiceIQ career maps.  

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Success stories

Read about how others are succeeding in their career of choice

Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Pilot

“My ultimate goal is to become an airline captain...”

Nicole Brian
Nicole Brian
Aircraft Engineer

“My next goal is to become a licenced aircraft engineer so I can certify aircraft's”

Bayleigh
Bayleigh McGuire
Pilot

“I would recommend it to anyone who has even the slightest interest in the aviation industry...”

Ellie McIlraith
Ellie McIlraith
Pilot

Once I’ve done the theory, I’ll go on to the practical flying and eventually sit a PPL Flying test to gain my license...”

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